National / Politics Aug 13, 2014

Japan to protest Russia's military drills on disputed islands

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday the government will lodge a protest with Russia over military exercises on an islet chain off Hokkaido at the heart of a territorial dispute. Calling the military exercises on the Northern Territories "totally unacceptable," Abe told reporters in Yamaguchi ...

Ex-islanders set off for Russia-held Kunashiri on visa-free trip

National May 24, 2014

Ex-islanders set off for Russia-held Kunashiri on visa-free trip

A group of 65 people, including former residents of Russian-held islands claimed by Japan off Hokkaido, left the port of Nemuro on Saturday bound for Kunashiri, one of the disputed isles, under a visa-free exchange program. The members, including former Diet lawmaker Muneo Suzuki, a ...

China rise may break Russia impasse: expert

National Oct 4, 2013

China rise may break Russia impasse: expert

by Mizuho Aoki

China's growing economic and military might may pose a threat to Japan, but it also works in Tokyo's favor when it comes to settling a long-standing territorial dispute with Russia, a former high-ranking diplomat told a recent symposium in Tokyo. Kazuhiko Togo, who used to ...